FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2007
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG CELEBRATES FOURTH ANNUAL IMMIGRANT HISTORY WEEK WITH RECEPTION AT GRACIE MANSION
Launches New Directory of Services for Immigrants
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Guillermo Linares today celebrated Immigrant History Week by launching the City’s first Directory of Services for Immigrants, a resource of more than 250 community-based organizations that offer free or low cost services for all New Yorkers. Immigrant History Week is celebrated from April 16th through the 22nd – including April 17th, the day in 1907 when the most immigrants in history passed through Ellis Island. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that day. At today’s reception, Mayor Bloomberg also presented five awards to organizations and individuals for their tireless work on behalf of immigrant New Yorkers. Mayor Bloomberg was joined at Gracie Mansion by Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs Carol Robles-Roman, The New York Times Executive Director of Community Affairs and Media Relations Diane McNulty, and Tony Award-winning playwright, actor and poet Sarah Jones. Civic, religious and business leaders from across the City’s immigrant communities also joined in the festivities.
“New York City owes its greatness to the generations of people who have come here from around the world in pursuit of their dreams,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The events of this week showcase the work and contributions of immigrants that make our City such a dynamic place to live and work and remind us that our city will continue to be a gateway for people seeking a better life.”
“Immigrant History Week celebrates who we are as a city and where we come from,” said Commissioner Linares. “The more than 50 events around the city are a reflection of the rich cultural heritage that makes New York City what it is today.”
“The New York Times is delighted to support Immigrant History Week again this year,” said Diane McNulty, Executive Director of Community Affairs and Media Relations at The New York Times. “We are happy to be part of a campaign that celebrates both the history of immigration in New York City and its bright future.”
Established by Mayor Bloomberg in 2004, Immigrant History Week honors the experiences and contributions of the millions of immigrants who have shaped our City for generations. The weeklong cultural celebration features more than 50 free or low-cost events throughout the five boroughs. The events include family programs, cultural celebrations and multi-day workshops hosted by community organizations, museums, public libraries and CUNY.
As part of Immigrant History Week, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has released a comprehensive guide of community based organizations that provide services for New York City’s immigrants. The guide provides valuable information about the types of services available in the five boroughs and languages spoken at the provider locations. These services include, for example, adult literacy programs, immigration and legal services, and health and nutrition counseling. The guide also contains information in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian about key City laws and policies that affect immigrants. The Directory of Services for Immigrants is available in print by calling 311. The listing of organizations in the guide is also available online at www.nyc.gov.
Among the events scheduled for this year’s Immigrant History Week celebration are:
Mayor Bloomberg honored the following Immigrant History Week 2007 awardees for their work in immigrant communities.
Domestic Workers United
Juana Ponce de Leon
Weihua “Wendy” Wen
The New York Times sponsored the celebration at Gracie Mansion. Immigrant History Week partners include Western Union, Vigo, CitiBank, The New York Community Trust, GOYA, 1-800-Mattress, Presidente, Fresh Concentrate, and WNYC New York Public Radio. For more information on Immigrant History Week, please visit http://www.nyc.gov or call 311.
Stu Loeser / Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
Wilbert Cruz (Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs)